If you’re like me, days where your skin is clear, moisturized, and slathered in SPF, you don’t feel like putting on makeup before dropping your kids off at school or running to the store. But, since your eyelashes are practically invisible due to your genetics, nutritional deficiency, stress, or even a medical condition, you stop to throw on a quick coat of mascara. It might continue to be a great day where you are looking and feeling good, or you might catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and your waterproof mascara has somehow coated your upper lid and given you dark circles under your eyes.
Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and rarely leave the house without putting on a little something, but what I really want is to get ready as quick as my toddler and preschooler. Lotion, clothes, teeth, hair, done. Enter Latisse
Latisse is a prescription eye medication that was first used to treat increased pressure inside of the eye. As the side effects of the medication were monitored, it was noted that patients were growing longer, darker, and thicker lashes! You may have heard that it’s possible for this prescription drug to turn the colored part of your eye darker, which can occur in 1-2% of people using it to treat increased eye pressure, and has never been demonstrated when used for lash growth. For lash growth, the drop is placed on an applicator and painted across the base of your upper lashes rather than instilled directly into the eye.
Approximately 50% of Latisse users see noticeable results after 2 months, and maximal results are achieved after 4 months. Results are reversible and will gradually fade if Latisse is stopped. Latisse is approved for use in adults and adolescents with insufficient lash growth, including lash loss due to chemotherapy and alopecia areata. It requires once a day application and is believed to work by prolonging the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle.